On February 27, 2023, 254 days ago, Nabil Fékir collapsed at the end of the match during a college match in Elche. The verdict was clear: rupture of the left cruciate ligament, the third of his career. Nine months later, the 2018 world champion and former Ligue 1 resident made his return to La Liga competition, against Real Mallorca.
The relationship between Nabil Fékir and the Andalusian public has become a true love story over the seasons. In 138 matches played at Réal Betis, the former Lyon player scored 28 goals and provided 22 assists. Which easily explains why, when Pelegrini called him to warm up, the entire Benito Villamarin Stadium stood up. A few minutes later, in the 87th minute, he finally returned to the field. Replacing Isco after a long hug, he inherited the captain's armband before hitting the pitch, a big smile on his lips. An entry into play filmed and broadcast on the club's social networks. Betis Sevilla won with a score of 2-0.
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